Onawa Man Claims $2 Million Prize From Wednesday's World-Record Jackpot Drawing
Bryon Stewart Bought Just Three Tickets For Big Drawing, Hit Big With One Of Them
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CLIVE, Iowa - For the second time this week, someone who
is 23 years old and lives in western Iowa has claimed a big
Powerball® prize. Bryon Stewart of Onawa is the latest,
claiming a $2 million prize he won in Wednesday's
world-record jackpot drawing.
Stewart admits he got very little sleep Wednesday night
after he and his girlfriend realized that he had won big.
"But with all the adrenaline, I feel wide awake!" he said
with a laugh as he claimed his prize Thursday at lottery
headquarters in Clive.
Stewart, who works as a security officer at the WinnaVegas
Casino & Resort in Onawa, said he bought his winning ticket
Wednesday night, just a few hours before the Powerball
drawing. He had a total of three tickets for the drawing. He
and his girlfriend, Taylor Kuhlman, looked up the winning
numbers together shortly after the drawing.
"We looked at the numbers and I was reading them off and my
girlfriend was saying yes or no," Stewart said. "And she kept
saying yes every time. It got to that last number where she
said no, but we knew we'd already won."
Kuhlman corroborated his story, and added to it.
'"He was reading them off and I'm just like, 'Yes, yes,'" she
said. "And by the time he got to the last two numbers, I
just started screaming and jumping up and down."
Stewart claimed the prize, but said the couple would be
sharing the winnings.
"It feels great to have something like this happen to
you," he said. "You just never expect it, you know? We're
from a small town, just a normal couple, you don't think
something like this could happen, and it does."
Does he think that working at a casino added to his luck?
"There is luck there," he said. "It's a great feeling."
How does he feel about being THIS close to having a share of
Wednesday's giant jackpot?
"It would have been nice," he said. "But $2 million is a lot
of money. We've got to embrace it and keep moving forward
The couple said they plan to pay off some loans, and perhaps
look for a house someday soon.
"The biggest thing is, I want the money to last as long as
we can," Stewart said. "I'm only 23, $2 million is a lot of
money, but it's not going to get me 'til I'm 80. I want to
make it last."
Stewart said he will continue to work, and Kuhlman said she
will as well.
On Monday, 23-year-old Joel Dominguez of Sioux City claimed
a $1 million Powerball prize he won in Saturday's Powerball
drawing. Dominguez, a pipefitter working on the construction
of a large fertilizer plant south of Sioux City, said he
planned to use his winnings to help his family, pay bills
and he and his wife planned to complete their college
Iowa Lottery players won nearly 225,000 prizes in
Wednesday's world-record Powerball drawing, including the $2
million prize in Onawa. The game's jackpot was even higher
than the final estimates leading into the drawing, and the
giant top prize was split by three tickets purchased in
California, Florida and Tennessee.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich thanked Iowans for joining in
the fun of this week's historic Powerball moment.
"This really has felt like we were all part of one big
conversation," Rich said. "At the Iowa Lottery, we extend
our sincere thanks to our players and retailers for being
part of this shared moment. It's been a busy time, but we
all had some fun and our joint efforts have made a
difference right here at home by raising additional lottery
proceeds for state causes."
JACKPOT AMOUNT & WINNING NUMBERS
Strong sales nationwide pushed Wednesday's
jackpot to a world-record of nearly $1.6 billion
annuity, or $983.5 million cash option. The winning
numbers in the drawing were: 4-8-19-27-34 and
Powerball 10. The Power Play number was 2. A total
of 224,656 plays purchased by Iowa Lottery players
won prizes ranging from $4 up to $2 million.
IOWA'S BIG WINNERS
Seven tickets purchased in Iowa came within one
number of having at least a share of the jackpot.
One of those tickets won a $2 million prize. It was
purchased at Casey's, 706 10th St. in Onawa. The
ticket initially matched the first five numbers but
missed the Powerball to win a $1 million prize, but
the person who bought the ticket also added the
Power Play option to the purchase, which multiplied
the prize to $2 million. The Onawa ticket was one of
eight across that country that each won a $2 million
prize in Wednesday's drawing.
Casey's will receive a $2,000 bonus from the Iowa
Lottery for selling the $2 million-winning ticket at
one of its stores.
Six other Iowa tickets also were one number away
from the jackpot, matching four of the first five
numbers and the Powerball. Three of those tickets
each won a $50,000 prize, while three others each
won a prize of $100,000. The difference again was
the Power Play option, with the $100,000-winning
tickets having the Power Play added to them. Here
are the locations where those winning tickets were
||BW Gas & Convenience
||2101 Antique City Dr.
||Kum & Go
||1920 S. Federal Ave.
||Kum & Go
||7265 Vista Dr.
||West Des Moines
||303 W. Locust St.
||Guppy's On The Go
||1532 Ellis Blvd. NW
||Kum & Go
||303 W. Broadway St.
Stewart bought his $2 million-winning ticket at Casey's, 706 10th St. in Onawa. He initially
matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball to win a $1 million prize, but he also had added
the Power Play option to his purchase, which multiplied his prize to $2 million. His ticket was one of eight
across that country that each won a $2 million prize in Wednesday's drawing.
Casey's will receive a $2,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the $2 million-winning
ticket at one of its stores.
POWERBALL SALES IN IOWA
Iowa Lottery players bought more than $12 million in
Powerball tickets for Wednesday's drawing, including
more than $6.2 million in tickets on Wednesday
alone. During Wednesday's busiest stretch from about
5-6 p.m., Powerball tickets were selling at nearly
$13,800 per minute in Iowa. However, the average
Iowa Powerball purchase on Wednesday remained about
$7, or three to four plays per ticket. Lottery
officials were pleased that Iowans enjoyed playing
at a fun level and didn't go overboard.
How did sales figures for Wednesday's drawing
compare to those for Saturday's drawing, when the
jackpot was already a U.S. record of $947.9 million?
Iowa Lottery players bought more than $8.6 million
in Powerball tickets for Saturday's drawing,
including more than $4.4 million in tickets that day
alone. Sales peaked at about $7,900 per minute on
Saturday. So, total sales for Wednesday's
world-record Powerball drawing were nearly 40
percent higher than those for the drawing that had
occurred just four days earlier.
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